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How do I fix a swivel mechanism that is not turning? With the chair upside down I can barely turn the ring by hand; i put a few drops of oil and it now turns more easily; but when I"m sitting in the

How do I fix a swivel mechanism that is not turning? With the chair upside down I can barely turn the ring by hand; i put a few drops of oil and it now turns more easily; but when I"m sitting in the chair, it still won't swivel.

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Probably need a new one but try more oil first

Posted on Oct 19, 2014


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Hi Kathleen. My pivoting was squeaky and tight as well. My solution was to flip the Stressless and literally pull the base off the seat base's pivot point -- the two detach from each other (they're simply pressure fit together). As it turns out, my pin coming down from the seat base was pitted with mild surface rust. A bit of metal cleaner (I used CLR Metal), some ultra-fine steel wool, and elbow grease cleaned it to almost new in about ten minutes. After that, I greased (white grease or titanium grease) the pin and the inside of the base's pivot before forcing the two parts back together. It spins like a dream now, and is silent.

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    Carrie B Feb 27, 2020

    Thank you for this! I have an Ekornes Stressless recliner with a signature base (the metal and wood type that tilts and spins), so the base doesn’t come off without a tool. So I just flipped my chair upside down, resting the seat on my sofa, and applied some grease directly into the pivot area. Then I spun the base around in both directions, rocked it back and forth and all around, before flipping the chair back onto the floor. It’s silent and spins like a dream now, so thank you! It’s a new chair, less than a year old, and it started squeaking and creaking at the pivot earlier this winter. You saved the day!



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